The world’s most famous – and richest – computer geek has effectively retired. Bill Gates is handing over day-to-day control of software giant Microsoft in order to work full-time at his charitable foundation. The 52-year-old will remain chairman of Microsoft’s board and spend one day a week working there on special technology projects.
So, 33 years after he started Microsoft, what is Gates legacy? Lance Ulanoff, editor of PC Magazine said: “I think Bill Gates will grow in stature over time. He’s had tremendous impact, not just on technology but really on our lives. If you think about the way we lived our lives in the 70s and the early 80s and how we do now; how we are constantly sitting in front of a computer, we are typing on a keyboard, we have technology with us all the time, and a lot of that has to do with what he envisioned way back when.”
Gates has said he wants to give away most of his 37 billion euro fortune. That is being done through the charitable organisation he set up with his wife, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, funding advances in healthcare, agriculture and education in developing countries. Microsoft will be run by Steve Ballmer, who has been chief executive since 2000.